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Melvin Jose

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Freight train moves at constant speed & does not stop whilst delivering goods Curtailing Global Food Inflation and making accessible per

Curtailing Global Food Inflation and making accessible perishable food commodities from distant geographies:

The engine is at the back of the train. Between the first and the second compartment will be an expandable and contractible metal strip that will expand and push the first compartment ahead of the rest of the train as it approaches the first destination. The rate at which it will be pushed and the distance will be based on the standard time required to unload the container in the compartment and constant speed at which the train moves. The container is unloaded as the rest of the train approaches the first compartment with the metal contracting. Once the container is unloaded the second container is rolled on to the first compartment while the metal strip pushes the first compartment ahead. The unloading can happen on wheels on to the platform so that the speed can be optimized without spending much on the length of the metal strip. This process continues until the final destination and at the final destination the back engine is swapped so that the train can be loaded and move in the opposite direction.


The Impact

* Export of perishable goods/food items a vast geography
* Reducing food inflation by virtue of distribution innovation
* Freeing road transport, this will translate to cost savings on fuel
* Does not even need a motor man if moving on a mono rail track

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  • Mar 10 2012: Ok great!

    I'm not sure i get that part:
    "Once the container is unloaded the second container is rolled on to the first compartment while the metal strip pushes the first compartment ahead. The unloading can happen on wheels on to the platform so that the speed can be optimized without spending much on the length of the metal strip. "

    Did you actually design a system moving containers from compartments to others so the next delivery is always in the head one ?

    I'm sure you'll have security issue with just "the standard time required to unload". You may triple it at least but i think you know and i perhaps misunderstood.
    But what if at first destination there is something to load for the second or third etc?

    That's part why an inner inter-compartment distibution system will be usefull i think.

    Possibilities could be numerous with existing rail routing systems.
    And as it is freight, why not add some piggyback transport. It must be more atractive than regular piggyback because of all the constant speed thing...

    It can really change train transport by the way...

    Even for travellers. Imagine a constant flow of trains, never late. Correspondence for wich you just stay on the same seat.

    Unfortunately, only the eend of line remains for maintenance...... if there is one.
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      Mar 10 2012: Thanks for the response Remi. Believe it or not, yours is the first useful response that i've got this far:-) despite posting this Idea on a bunch of other sites - Quirky, IndieGoGo et all.

      Coming back to your suggestions/queries-

      1] Did you actually design a system moving containers from compartments to others so the next delivery is always in the head one ?

      My response- Precisely

      2] I'm sure you'll have security issue with just "the standard time required to unload". You may triple it at least but i think you know and i perhaps misunderstood.

      My Response- A surplus on actual time taken is logical, however the idea is to reduce this time as much as possible. You could have standard sizes of moving containers so that they just roll on to the platform.

      3] But what if at first destination there is something to load for the second or third etc?

      My Response- This is contribution. Thanks for this. Modifying the initial idea now. You could have an internal moving inventory system, so that unloading can happen at one end while loading happens at the other (like a 'U' shaped system). The container size could be maximized vertically so that both containers can move simultaneously. This also rules out the barrier of broadening the compartment; you could always increase their heights.

      4] And as it is freight, why not add some piggyback transport. It must be more atractive than regular piggyback because of all the constant speed thing...

      My response- Another valid contribution; the piggyback delivery i think can happen at the final destination and which is why it benefits the most as it would have saved maximum time in transit. So a piggyback consignment could have Apples from a cold to a hot region.

      I am of the belief that we do not really need to design a train to implement this model; few modification such as the metal strip, internal container moving system, loading/unloading mechanism should be fine.

      Request you and like-minded to 'TED/Spread the Idea'
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    Mar 11 2012: Similar to plane freight pig boxes,light aluminum cargo boxes on wheels.How would you lock them down? Box brakes won't suffice.
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      Mar 11 2012: Appreciate the response Ken; hope i got your question right. Are you referring to the internal container movement and braking system? If yes, haven't thought about it much to be honest.

      There's not much of continuous movement wrt these containers, meaning the last container would have moved max 'n' times (n= total containers - 1). With this in mind, i think we could connect all containers together and 'mark off' the ones to be unloaded at common a destination and apply vertical force on the one prior to the last dispatch container and parallely turn off the 'push' force.

      What's your take?
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    Mar 10 2012: Have just added a 2D image illustration as my profile image so that all interested in discussing about this idea could have a quicker grasp.

    Thanks,
    Mel